Ultimate Fighter: Stain Remover

Welcome to the three week “Ultimate Fighter” series. I am excited to bring you the best ways to fight stains, sickness, and pests in your happy and healthy home!

Stains are always the worst. Thank goodness my kids do their own laundry now, but for you moms and dads who still have younger kids I have three awesome stain removers that are sure to fight away your stains.

In the first corner, weighing in at 12 oz, the essential oils! We have all heard that anything with essential oils is good for our homes, including our nasty stains.

Ingredients: 1 1/2 C water, 1/4 c castile soap, 1/4 c liquid vegetable glycerin, and 5 to 10 drops of lemon essential oil.
Instructions: 1. Mix all ingredients together                        
                    2. Store in a glass container. The essential oils can disintegrate plastic.                        
                    3. To use, shake well and apply liberally. Lightly rub into fabric with your                        
Note: It works best if you treat the spot immediately and allow it to soak before tossing it into the washing machine.

In the second corner, weighing in at 24 oz, ammonia! Ammonia is great way to break up dirt and grime from anything, including your clothing.

Ingredients: 2/3 c Dawn dish detergent, 2/3 c ammonia, 6 tbsp baking soda, and 2 cups warm water.
Instructions: 1. Mix together all ingredients in a medium bowl. Using a funnel, pour into a spray bottle.     
                     2. To use, shake the bottle well. Spray as you would on a normal stain then wash.
Note: DO NOT use on anything that will be washed with chlorine because of the ammonia.

In the third corner, weighing in at 6oz, Dawn dishwashing liquid! No matter what homemade cleaner you are told to make, most of the time blue Dawn dishwashing liquid is mentioned in the ingredients. This is because it is a big grease fighter and works on almost anything.

Ingredients: 1 part Dawn dishwashing detergent, 2 parts hydrogen peroxide, and 1 to 2 tbsp of baking soda.
Instructions: 1. Mix ingredients together in a small bowl.       
                     2. Use a small brush to scrub the mixture into the stained area. Rinse, then wash as             
                    3. For tougher stains, let the mixture sit on the stained garment for an hour or so, then wash. Or treat the area a
                    few times before washing.
Note: Test on an inconspicuous area first because hydrogen peroxide can be tough on certain fabrics.

In our opinion, homemade stain removers work better than store bought ones. Plus, you can change them and even make new recipes to fit your budget and lifestyle. At Complete Care Systems we strive to help you and your family live happy and healthy lives.



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